Between Death and Resurrection: The Mystery of Holy Saturday

Between Death and Resurrection : The Mystery of Holy Saturday Bruce G. Epperly During Holy Week, most of us focus on the palms, the passion, and the resurrection. The movement from celebration to desolation and surprising celebration again characterizes not only Holy Week but the realities of a meaningful life. We can’t escape suffering but [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday of Easter – April 23, 2017

The Second Sunday of Easter – April 23, 2017 Bruce G. Epperly Acts 2:14a, 22-32 Psalm 16 I Peter 1:3-9 John 20:19-31 Breathe! Think! Expand! These are some of the themes from this week’s lectionary readings. Though considered a “low” Sunday, the Second Sunday of Easter is a “high” Sunday in terms of homiletic possibilities. [Read More…]

Living Holy Adventure – Easter Sunday – April 16, 2017

Easter Celebration – April 16, 2017 Bruce G. Epperly Acts 10:34-43 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 Colossians 3:1-4 John 20:1-18 Matthew 28:1-10 Today we celebrate! Someone amazing and unexpected “once upon a time.” Could it happen again in our time? That is the challenge for preachers and congregants every Easter Sunday. “This is the day that God [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Palm Sunday – April 9, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – Palm Sunday – April 9, 2017 Bruce G. Epperly Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Philippians 2:5-11 Matthew 21:1-11 Palm Sunday straddles celebration and suffering. The crowds that shout “Hosanna” in great celebration soon will fade in the background to be replaced by “Crucify him.” Life is joy and celebration; it is also sorrow [Read More…]

Who me, a mystic? The Mysticism of Everyday Life: Responding to Becky Eldredge

Who me, a mystic? The Mysticism of Everyday Life: Responding to Becky Eldredge For the last two years, I have taught a first Monday seminar at the church I pastor, entitled “A Month with a Mystic” in which we focus on the theology, spirituality, and practices of a particular spiritual guide or mystic. In the [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Fifth Sunday in Lent – April 2, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday in Lent – April 2, 2017 Bruce Epperly Ezekiel 17:1-14 Psalm 130 Romans 8:6-11 John 11:1-45 Lent is a season in which we confront our limitations, sin, and mortality. We are dust and to dust we return, we are finite and our finitude is the source of creativity [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 26, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 26, 2017 I Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 Today’s scriptures are surprising. The unexpected child becomes a leader, we feel safe a trek through the darkest valley, we can live in contrast to the norms of our culture in which the blind [Read More…]